Child’s ear piercing: How young is too young?

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Child's ear piercing

In various cultures, ear piercing is done as young as days to months old. But the real question is how young is too young to have a child’s ear pierced.

If you’re thinking of having your daughter’s ears pierced here’s what you need to know:

Most experts say that this is a personal decision as to when you would want to have your child’s ear pierced. However, there are potential risks in piercing your daughter’s ears too early. 

“Any time you puncture the skin, you open up the opportunity for infection, and because infants still have developing immune systems, I encourage parents to wait until their child is at least 6 months old to get her ears pierced.” – Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D., a Parents advisor and a pediatrician

A lot of parents agree that they feel comfortable having their daughter’s ears pierced at the age of seven. Other parents have argued the fact that having their child’s ears pierced at a very young age makes it less painful for them because they are less aware of the pain.

How can you make the experience less painful?

Ask your doctor to prescribe a numbing cream that’s safe to use which can help anesthetize the earlobes. Layer a coat of the cream onto the lobes 30 to 60 minutes before the piercing.

You can also apply ice 15 minutes before the piercing. This might help numb the pain receptors. 

Which kind if earrings are best to use?

Your best pet would be surgical stainless steel earrings because this metal doesn’t contain nickel or any alloys that might cause an allergic reaction. 

Besides surgical stainless steel, the safest options include platinum, titanium, and 14K gold. 

Post-piercing care to follow

To avoid infection always keeping your daughter’s earrings clean. Wash your hands with a mild soap and then clean the front and back of the earrings twice a day.

You can use a cotton ball or pad that’s been dipped with a little rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or cleaning solution.

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